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Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation

September 2 - November 28

From September 2 through November 28, we offer a series of thirteen programs entitled Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation, with weekly Tuesday lectures by renowned film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, and author of "Before Mickey" and "Shadow of a Mouse." The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming


We live in an animated world. Robotic devices fly through the air, manufacture things, and clean our homes. Doctors inject bots into our bodies, apparently moving on their own accord to deliver their medicinal payload. Images in synthesized motion paper our buildings, billboards, arenas, and, of course, our personal screens. We carry animation in our pockets and purses, wear it on our wrists. This series will explore the 20th-century foundations of the present day’s omnianimation that were established in the medium of theatrical entertainment films. The feature films screened offer the possibility of analyzing animation as a technology, as an industrial practice, as a cultural signifier, and as a still-evolving genre — Hollywood and global, aimed at adults as well as for children.

— Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame

Admission to all Making 'Em Move programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Crafton’s lecture.